A Bill sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) seeks to ban Federal employees from using any Communist Chinese tech-based platforms such as Huawei, Tencent, ZTE, etc. It’s called the CCAS Act – Countering Chinese Attempts at Snooping. It also “adjusts” the amount of money we give to the UN based on whether they grant contracts to companies that are committing espionage.
According to the Senators’ website,
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today announced their intention to introduce the “Countering Chinese Attempts at Snooping” or CCAS Act, legislation to prevent Chinese surveillance and espionage by prohibiting U.S. federal employees from conducting official business over platforms run by Tencent, Huawei, ZTE and other companies the U.S. Department of State determines are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Additionally, in light of the United Nations’ (UN) recent consideration and reported reversal of a partnership with Tencent, the CCAS Act also ensures U.S. taxpayer dollars won’t be used to subsidize or fund contracts U.N. contracts with any such companies. The legislation is part of Sen. Cruz’s efforts to combat Chinese espionage throughout the U.S., including at American research installations and universities and in the Five Eyes alliance.
The UN recently planned to create an agreement with Tencent Holdings LTD, a Chinese company, but backed off the plan, after they originally thought to use the Chinese platform for their 75th anniversary. (Foreign Policy Magazine).
Chinese companies do not have the “right” to say “no” to the Chinese Communist Party. If the CCP wants access to information, companies give it to them. Information on just about anything then goes through the CCP, which assists the companies in growth.
Tencent has major holdings in some of the most popular games: “League of Legends,” “Fortnite,” and “Call of Duty.” They’re involved in social media, gaming, mobile payments, music streaming, online retail, cloud computing, enterprise cloud software, email, navigation, etc. Their net worth surpassed that of Facebook in 2017.
Gizmodo wrote in 2017,
Tencent has a huge number of users—WeChat hit 938 million monthly users back in May—and the Chinese government has played a huge role in Tencent’s growth. Not only are companies like Google and Facebook banned, e-commerce was also a big part of the Communist Party’s five-year plan spanning from 2011 to 2015.
Should US taxpayer money be used to form UN contracts with companies that are widely known as snooping arms of the Chinese Communist Party? That’s what the CCAS Act seeks to prevent. Getting this bill through Congress is another fight.
CCAS requires the Secretary of State to create a list of Chinese companies known for this type of espionage. When they create the list, all US officials are barred from using any technology from the companies listed. The Act also “requires offsets in U.S. payments to the UN equal to the value of the contracts the UN signs with those companies.” The United Nations will hate that one because it means less money.
You can read the entire CCAS act at this link.
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